Date Added: Jun 2009
Leaders who focus on the development of knowledge-focused organizational systems may position their organizations to achieve sustainable success by identifying their organizations as learning organizations. Watkins and Marsick (1992) explained that "Learning organizations are characterized by total employee involvement in a process of collaboratively conducted, collectively accountable change directed towards shared values or principles". In a learning organization, the emphasis on the need for collective learning throughout the system can lead to overall organizational change, if properly communicated to all members of the organization. Leaders of learning organizations need to learn how to create a shared vision among their organization's members in order to foster an atmosphere of learning.